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Tb_discipline_450x300 WHO'S IN TROUBLE? Boys more than girls. Blacks more than whites. And, apparently, not bullies. Those are the trends in Hillsborough schools, where the Times has completed an in-depth look at disciplinary actions from 2006-07. District officials say they're on top of it. Read the main story, plus closer looks at schools in the city, North of Tampa and Southeast Hillsborough. (Times photo, Chris Zuppa)

FORGET IT: Sen. Mike Fasano tells Pasco school officials not to count on postponing the Merit Award Program for teacher performance pay during a special meeting about budget issues between the county legislative delegation and the School Board.

GIVE DISTRICTS FLEXIBILITY: Andy Ford, president of the Florida Education Association, urges lawmakers to avoid across the board cuts in education when they convene their special session on the budget, in this guest letter to the Florida Times-Union.

MAKING CUTS: Even though the true impact isn't fully known yet, district officials have begun planning for the worst, slashing budgets and trying not to hurt classrooms, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

LETTING GO: The Rockford, Illinois, school district moves on as its superintendent narrowly wins appointment to become Collier County's new leader, the Rockford Register Star reports.

REINVENTION: Palm Beach County's three F-rated schools are making big changes to avoid the dreaded double-F, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

ONE LAST WEEKEND: Families enjoy a last blast of summer before school begins next week, the Miami Herald reports.

PRICE OF SUCCESS: The Winter Haven High School band wins lots of awards and gets invited to perform a lot. To go where it wants to, the band needs to raise nearly $150,000 this year. The fund raising has already begun, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

PRE-K IN VIRGINIA: Gov. Kaine dumps a plan to offer universal prekindergarten to all 4-year-olds because of a lean budget, the Washington Post reports. Probably would have happened in Florida, too, if it weren't mandated in the constitution.

MOVING ON: Virginia Tech students return to campus for a new semester, last spring's massacre in mind but not dominating them, USA Today reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:21am]


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